Drew Eubanks claimed another spot in the Oregon State men’s basketball record book in Saturday’s 78-74 home win against Loyola Marymount.
With his 10-for-10 shooting game, the junior forward tied the Gill Coliseum record for most field goal attempts without a miss.
Steve Johnson (vs. Oregon in 1981) and Charlie Sitton (vs. Arizona in 1984) also went 10 of 10. Johnson holds the school record, having made all 13 shots against Hawaii-Hilo in 1979.
Through Sunday’s games, Eubanks was fourth in the country with a .727 field goal percentage for the season. He’s shot 50 percent or better in all seven games. No other Pac-12 player was in the top 15 nationally.
Eubanks is second on the school’s single-season freshman (39) and sophomore (69) blocks lists behind Eric Moreland on both. He had a season-high four Saturday.
He also has four of the 12 top single-game block marks. He’s tied for OSU’s single-game record with seven against Prairie View A&M last year. He’s also blocked six shots three times.
Three-pointers not falling
The Beavers (4-3) continue to struggle from 3-point range entering Tuesday night’s home game against Eastern Kentucky (4-4).
OSU is shooting 25.9 percent for the season, which ranks 346th out of 351 NCAA Division I teams. The Beavers finished at 34.6 percent last year.
The team has made more than one-third of its 3-pointers in one game this season (11-24 vs. St. John’s) and shot 25 percent or lower in four games.
The Beavers did their best to offset that against Loyola Marymount by taking fewer deep balls and attacking the basket.
“We know we’ve got shooters. Guys have just got to step up. We had good looks. Maybe one or two weren’t great,” coach Wayne Tinkle said. “We said, when they’re not going in, guys, let’s not be stubborn and stupid. Let’s keep driving, getting to the rim, we did that. Moving forward, we’ve just got to relax and guys have got to step up. We’ll be OK there.”
The Beavers made 2 of 13 3s against Loyola Marymount. Their two lowest attempt numbers have come in the last two contests, against Marist (15) and the Lions.
They also tried 29 free throws, which ties for their second-highest number of the season and their best in the last four games.
Oregon State is a collective 73.9 percent at the foul line. The team has shot under 70 percent for 12 straight seasons. The Beavers’ top two foul shooters in volume are also their best shooters among the rotation players. Tres Tinkle is at 78.9 percent and Eubanks at 77.5.
Late leads escaping
Holding leads late in games has become a recurring hurdle for the Beavers.
In all three losses, huge second-half swings were significant factors.
OSU led Wyoming with 11:49 left and trailed by six nine minutes later. The Beavers had a 10-point lead on St. John’s with 10:30 remaining and went behind by eight in the final minute. In the second game against Long Beach State, they led by seven with 10:26 left and trailed by five late.
Last Saturday’s game was the most-recent example, though the Beavers found a way to win.
OSU led by 16 early in the first half and saw that lead shrink to two with 6:59 to go. The Beavers couldn’t put away the Lions but held on.
Tres Tinkle said his team lost some focus and went away from what was working.
“We’ve got to learn to stretch a 13-point lead to 18, 20 and so on,” he said. “We’ve just got to keep playing, and keep playing each half like it’s 0-0, the start of the game, and make our stamp on it.”